Author: Draper Aden Associates

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Our Commitment to Build Something Remarkable

American Heart Association (AHA) recently launched its 4th Annual Hard Hats with Heart event in the Triangle and will also host again in Richmond, Virginia, on the evening of September 17th. As AHA continues to raise awareness of heart health, Draper Aden Associates continues living out its commitment to AHA’s mission. Our goal as a partner, and as a firm, is to create a Lasting Positive Impact and Build Something Remarkable with those in the communities we serve while drawing awareness to heart disease, which affects many Americans.   For the past two years, Draper Aden Associates has sponsored Hard Hats with Heart's Tools for Schools program, in the Triangle and in Richmond. Hard Hats with Heart benefits AHA's commitment to be a relentless force for a world of longer and healthier lives and focuses, specifically, on the construction industry's elevated risk. As the program’s sponsor, Draper Aden Associates donates the use...

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DAA Wins Groundbreaking Aerial Services Contract and Builds on Extensive Experience

Draper Aden Associates has been committed to serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic with innovative and dynamic professional services that leave a Lasting Positive Impact®. That’s why the firm has invested heavily in unmanned aerial services in recent years. Draper Aden recognizes the powerful impact drones and unmanned aerial services can offer public and private clients across a wide array of industries.   For example, we continue to partner with Eden & Associates on an extensive airport obstruction survey project with the Virginia Department of Aviation and Federal Aviation Administration. Draper Aden is using fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones to collect visible imagery for photogrammetric processing and generation of 3D Point Cloud.  The Point Cloud data will be used for Part 77 Engineering Analysis to detect and document obstructions in portions of VGAS, entire VGPCS, entire VGPS and entire VGRPS Airport surfaces. With the successful incorporation of drones and advanced sensors, Draper Aden continues to...

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Employee Spotlight: Anthony Parker, Designer I

At DAA, we are proud to be a values-oriented firm. We are fortunate to employ exceptional professionals in the industry who make it their mission to live out our firm's values through their work, in their personal lives, and in the community. This month, we are pleased to highlight Anthony Parker who is a valued team player on our Underground Transmission & Distribution team. Let's learn more about him below: Name: Anthony Parker Title: Designer I Division: UT&D Hometown: Caroline County, Virginia Birthday: August 31   How long have you been with the firm and what inspired you most about joining Draper Aden Associates? I have been with Draper for almost two years. The opportunity to help different communities is what inspired me to join.   Please share with us a few details with us about your role at DAA. Being a Designer I am heavily involved in the drawings of underground and overhead routes for a confidential client. I am...

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Draper Aden Gives Back to Fight Heart Disease

Photo Credits: American Heart Association   Draper Aden is now more than half-way through the year and what a busy time it’s been at our firm! In October 2018, we were proud to announce the American Heart Association as our official charity partner. Our firm is committed to leaving a lasting positive impact with our clients, employees, and community.   As a partner, DAA is supporting the American Heart Association’s work, such as educating people about heart disease, funding lifesaving research that impacts both children and adults, providing CPR training, and much more.   We have been a major sponsor of the Richmond and Hampton Roads Heart Ball for several years now and are excited to have expanded our support since our announcement. As of today, we have also supported the American Heart Association in Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Raleigh with $30,000 in donations! These funds will help with lifesaving research, advocacy, and patient support for individuals...

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Giving Back to Help Find a Cure for ALS

  Leaving a lasting, positive impact is more than our mission. It also applies to more than our projects and services. It represents the ethos of our firm and drives us to do more for those in the communities we serve. A tangible example of our firm’s commitment to this philosophy was evident at Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach on May 20, 2019.   On that day, Draper Aden Associates donated $10,000 to the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation at the group’s invitational golf tournament. This philanthropic support will help the Foundation in its mission to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.   The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation is a home-grown nonprofit that was founded in Virginia Beach in 2007. For over a decade, the organization has rallied the community and the region in many ways, quickly becoming a leading fundraiser for the National ALS Society...

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DAA is Pleased to Launch New Website

  DAA is pleased to announce the launch of our new website at While planning the design of our new site, we felt it was important to keep our valued clients and frequent site visitors top of mind. Our mission was to create a user-friendly, functional and responsive experience for the viewer. Please take a look at some of the updated features below or in the quick video above:   User-Friendly Find what you need in a pinch with our fast and responsive layout. Easily navigate to any section on the same or different page with enjoyable user experience on any device or screen size using our smooth page transitions feature.   Visual Appeal We’ve updated and improved our imagery to a contemporary look and feel, using professional high-end photography. With clean white space, our blog and project portfolio are now showcased in a grid-like format, giving the user a decluttered view of our work.   Targeted Content Find...

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Letter from Our CEO Regarding Last Week’s Tragedy in Virginia Beach

June 4, 2019   Dear Friends of Draper Aden Associates:   The events that occurred in Virginia Beach on Friday are horrific and incredibly disheartening.  The Engineers’ Creed states that we will place “the public welfare above all other considerations.”  As an individual who has spent all 44 years of his career trying to uphold this standard, I am at a loss that this type of tragedy has befallen the engineering community and the City of Virginia Beach.   Although it is difficult to know what to do at a time like this, there is no doubt that the victims leave behind families and loved ones who will suffer financial burdens in the future.  The United Way of Hampton Roads has set up a fund to receive money for the victims’ loved ones. Donations can be made at Additionally, the City of Virginia Beach has created a website detailing the upcoming Memorial Services and Volunteer...

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Employee Spotlight: Donna Cox, Designer I

At DAA, we are proud to be a values-oriented firm. We are fortunate to employ exceptional professionals in the industry who make it their mission to live out our firm's values through their work, in their personal lives, and in the community. This month, we are pleased to highlight Donna Cox who is a valued team player on our Underground Transmission & Distribution team. Let's catch up with her below:   Hometown: Colchester, Vermont   Alma Mater: Vermont Technical College   How long have you been with the firm? I've been with Draper Aden Associates since March 2015   What inspired you most about joining Draper Aden Associates? When I started at Draper Aden, I was able to re-connect with previous employees.   What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Love my job!   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? Why? Willow Oaks and Oxford phase 5 - extremely challenging, many properties   Favorite quote...

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Draper Aden Moves to New North Carolina Office

That adage that there’s no place like home certainly resonates with our team members in Raleigh. The Draper Aden Associates team was excited to officially move into their new office in North Carolina space last month!   It already feels like home.   Located at 114 Edinburgh South Drive in Cary, the new office combines our two previous office spaces into a more collaborative environment that will foster additional growth. What was especially exciting is that some of our team members helped design the space to meet our specific needs.   The new office includes 13,600 square feet of workspace, including four dynamic and collaborative spaces as well as two conference rooms. The office supports integrated teamwork through these collaborative areas, open concept floorplan with an abundance of natural light, and large blackboards.   This new space boasts many high-tech features too, such as noise reduction technology deployed throughout the office and state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment.   The expanded Draper...

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